Special Topic In History HIST5055

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course is typically taught to one or more students on a specialist topic agreed with the course convenor.


10 individual weekly tutorials

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to masters at College level.

Excluded Courses






Written work not to exceed 5,000 words, usually in the form of one essay of 3,500-5,000 words.

Course Aims

This courses aims to:

■ allow students to pursue specialised topics of study in History.

■ foster independent study, under the guidance of regular meetings with a tutor.

■ develop bibliographical skills.

■ develop critical reading and writing skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

■ develop specialist knowledge and understanding of specific historical topics

■ develop a critical understanding of primary sources and secondary materials relevant to the defined historical problem

■ evaluate alternative historical interpretations

■ attain a level of expertise and knowledge which will enable further research at an advanced level

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.